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25 Best Nursing Apps for Any Stage of Your Career

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Nursing has been consistently voted the most-trusted profession in the country. That confidence from patients does not come by accident. Nurses are trained to comfort, care and show compassion to their patients even in the most trying times.

With such dedication to patient safety and well-being, it’s not surprising that there are several uses for mobile applications. There are apps out there to help nurses study for exams, stay organized amidst the chaos, keep them in-the-know about medical knowledge and terminology and even help create and establish patient care plans. Nursing apps can help improve efficiency and enhance the experience for the patients.

One fertility clinic has actually seen an increase in patient conception from the use of basic menstrual mobile applications, according Dr. Lou Diamond, women’s health nurse practitioner at Diamond Women’s Healthcare.

We surveyed the market and rounded up a list of 25 of the best nursing apps to cover all of your organizational, educational and patient care needs.

For student nurses: education & exam help

1. Davis Mobile NCLEX-RN Apps

Davis Company has been publishing nursing study materials since 1879. Its collection of NCLEX apps is a great resource for students studying for their certification exam.

2. Human Anatomy Atlas

This award-winning app is both beautiful and useful with over 3,800 three-dimensional images of human anatomy and structure. It’s great for learning anatomy as built-in quizzes will help you test your knowledge of bones and muscles.

3. Med Mnemonics

Nursing students are required to memorize A LOT of terminology! This app offers suggestions for mnemonics (fun, easy-to-remember word-plays) to help the data stick in your head.

4. Mini Nurse

Mini Nurse is a great resource for students looking to learn about many nursing school basics. It includes definitions and practice questions covering everything from medical terminology to lung and heart sounds.

5. Nursing Essentials

This is one app that student and graduate nurses alike depend on to keep critical information right at their fingertips. The easy-to-use app has rich content and detailed illustrations. Some unique features include bookmarks, notes sections and even a medical calculator.

6. Nursing in a Flash – Med Surg Volumes I & II

This app does away with multiple choice and converts 4,700 study questions into reviewable flash cards. This makes it simple for students to squeeze in a quick study session on the bus or between classes.

For information: news & journals

7. MedPage Today

This app reports breaking medical news along with current events and industry-relevant conferences and symposia.

8. Medscape WebMD

Brought to you by the well-known website WebMD, this app provides access to a collection of medical news stories in addition to more characteristic features of WebMD, including identification of drugs and conditions.

For reference: medication, assessment & diagnosis

9. Diseases Dictionary

Disease Dictionary contains detailed information about medical disorders and diseases, including causes, symptoms and treatment. It also serves as a clinical advisor for self-diagnosis. What’s more is that you can even access the app completely offline!

10. Epocrates

The medical community’s number one app does it all but comes with a price for the premium version. The lite version features some basics such as a drug guide with pill and interaction information as well as the latest medical research.

11. Eponyms

An eponym is a discovery or invention that is named after a person. These occur frequently in the medical community and can all be found in this handy app.

12. Heart Pro III

This app includes 3-D images of the intricacies of the heart as well as all of the typical heart rhythms to listen for in a patient. The same company also offers separate apps for 3-D images of muscles and the brain.

13. Black’s Medical Dictionary

Black’s Medical Dictionary has been published in hard-copy form for more than 100 years and is now available on your mobile device. With upwards of 5,000 definitions, it is a quick-and-easy reference resource to keep at your fingertips.

14. Pocket Doctor

This interactive tool is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about health and medicine. There’s a health dictionary, symptoms analysis, body mass index calculator, human anatomy basics and first aid procedures.

15. Nursing Central

This all-encompassing app features 4,600 drugs, 56,000 dictionary terms and 17 million journal articles. If you need to look something up, it’s probably here!

16. Pill Identifier

This handy app lists common features of more 12,000 medications to help you identify pills without a label.

17. Symptomia

This is a straightforward app that allows you to input symptoms in order to be served a list of possible conditions associated with those symptoms.

18. IDdx: Infectious Disease Queries

This disease database allows you to segment more than 250 illnesses by 39 epidemiological factors and 16 world regions all with high resolution presentations.

For arrangement: patient care plans

19. MediBabble Translator

This app is a must for nurses working with non-English speaking patients. The translator tool helps to smooth out the communication with patients and improve care.

20. Nurse’s Pocket Guide

Standout features of this simple app include assessment tools and sample care plans to help nurses determine the proper diagnosis.

21. Nursing Care Plans 2014

This app has over 100 customizable care plans covering topics from psychiatry to surgery.

22. Omnio

This all-inclusive app has pretty much everything a nurse needs, making it great for determining patient care. Some features include prescription drug information, medical calculators, symptom diagnosis, medical news and access to scholarly journals.

Helpful tools: organization & planning

23. Davis Mobile: Nursing Procedure Checklists

Check out this app for checklists covering 169 typical nursing procedures to ensure the safety of both the patient and the nurse. Some helpful additions: checking off tasks as you complete them and the ability to easily add comments.

24. Nurses Aid

Nurses Aid has a collection of tools to help keep nurses organized and manage their busy schedules.

25. ShiftPlanning

This is a streamlined, all-inclusive time management app that helps nurses manage tasks, busy schedules and even set up auto reminders.

The takeaway

No matter what stage you are in during your nursing career, mobile apps can be a great way to stay on task and keep information at your fingertips. If you are still in school, check out these other general apps for college success. Don’t forget: Staying organized will be paramount to advancing your career in nursing.

Do you have a favorite nursing app that didn’t make our list? Share it with us in the comments below!


Jennifer Pfeffer

Jennifer is a Content Marketing Specialist at Collegis Education who researches and writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about learning and higher education and enjoys writing engaging content to help current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.


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